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Leading the Fight Against Human Trafficking


Americans tend to believe human trafficking is only a problem in other countries. Sadly, this is not the case. It occurs in every state in the nation, with California and Nevada recording some of the highest volume of cases. Worse still, victims often go unnoticed. Findings from the Massachusetts General Human Trafficking Initiative indicate that approximately 30% of people held against their will have had a health care encounter and were not identified as such.

Dignity Health Foundation is undertaking a system-wide effort to address this missed opportunity by training health care providers to identify victims and connect them to services to heal.

Together we can help survivors rebuild a life with dignity.

The Challenge

Conditions are worst in areas with transient populations and high rates of poverty, unemployment, and family instability. Human trafficking survivors—many of whom are minors-suffer from post—traumatic stress disorder and serious medical issues resulting from years of mental and physical abuse.

The Solution

Many of our hospitals serve these communities, creating the impetus for Dignity Health Foundation to support this education for health care providers. The goal is not only to identify victims, but to also provide compassionate care for the complex needs of this vulnerable population.

Local partnerships are critical to the success of the program. Dignity Health hospitals will work closely with law enforcement and other organizations to help victims safely transition to community-based services.

Project Activities

Dignity Health launched its Human Trafficking Initiative in fall 2014 at a milestone conference in San Francisco. Key efforts include:

Design Screening Protocols

Establishing a task force to design a screening protocol to assist providers in identifying victims and create training modules for clinical and social service staff.

Training Hospital Staff

Training hospital staff at all facilities to follow new protocols, enhance communication, and diagnostic skills to provide the greatest possible benefit to human trafficking patients throughout the health care encounter and community referral process.

Develop Community Partnerships

Developing community partnerships between Dignity Health and local organizations, in an effort to build a cohesive network of services and providers to assist when victims are identified.

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Your contributions help fund staff positions and system-wide rollout. Your donation is complemented by Dignity Health's financial contribution for all training and program leadership. Donations can be cash or credit—or through payroll deduction if you are a Dignity Health employee.

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Make an Impact


Your contributions help fund staff positions and system-wide rollout. Your donation is complemented by Dignity Health's financial contribution for all training and program leadership. Donations can be cash or credit—or through payroll deduction if you are a Dignity Health employee.

Donate Now